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Leadership Transition

10 Tips for Hiring the First Ever Executive Director

by Guest Blogger
MANP presents the following guest blog post by Jessica Smart of The Smart Group Executive Search, an endorsed provider of executive search services, as part of our ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition.  Your organization has grown to that critical size […]

Is Your Board Ready to Manage an Executive Search?

by Guest Blogger
The selection and hiring of an organizational leader is the most important decision any nonprofit board is likely to make. So much depends on getting it right. Donors, funders, clients and the community are all watching to see how you do, and the staff is depending upon the board to get it right. So, before […]

Six Tips to a Successful Recruitment Process When Internal Candidates Apply

by Guest Blogger
MANP presents the following guest blog post by Jessica Smart of The Smart Group Executive Search as part of our ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition.  When a CEO announces his/her transition or retirement, the organization’s board has several […]

Should Staff Serve on the Search Committee?

by Guest Blogger
MANP presents the following guest blog post as part of our ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition.  “Should staff serve on the search committee?” It is a question I hear at the start of every search for a nonprofit […]

New Member Benefit: Executive Search Services

by Molly O'Connell
In a recent survey almost half of our members reported they anticipate a leadership change in the next five years. Other estimates are even higher. MANP’s Mission Driven “Leadershift” Initiative is designed to support our members in meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities posed by executive transition so they can safeguard the crucial work […]

Facing an Executive Transition? Start Here.

by Molly O'Connell
The Executive Director has just announced that she’s leaving. What’s next? First, breathe. An executive transition is an organizational development opportunity rather than a crisis to be overcome as quickly as possible. Rushing to fill the void without thinking through the organization’s leadership needs for the future not only misses this strategic opportunity, but can lead […]

Mission-Driven Leadershift: Voices from the Field

by Molly O'Connell
In recognition of the leadership changes many of our members are facing–not to mention our own executive transition (bye, Scott!, hello, Jennifer!)–we launched our Mission Driven Leadershift initiative at the beginning of 2016. As part of this project we invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts and they delivered wise words and guidance you won’t want […]

Start Your CEO Succession Planning with an Easy Conversation

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to offer this post by Jeff Wahlstrom, President of Starboard Leadership Consulting, as part of our Mission Driven Leadershift series. While most nonprofit board members appreciate that one of their core responsibilities is, as they often put it, to “hire and fire” the chief executive, they usually work very hard to avoid doing either. Leadership […]

Lonely at the Top

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to offer this post by Alan Cantor, New Hampshire-based organizational consultant, as part of our Mission Driven Leadershift series. It’s not easy being a nonprofit CEO. People expect the CEO to have all the answers. The ideal CEO is inspiring, strong, visionary, articulate, persuasive, down to earth, and, of course, good with numbers. […]

Executive Transition: The Role of Board Diversity, Youth, and Zombies

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to offer this post by Stephanie Cotsirilos, Maine-based organizational consultant, as part of our Mission Driven Leadershift series. “Succession is often wickedly intertwined with the state of the board’s functioning and the enterprise’s strategy . . . when facing significant changes in the environment—such as new technologies, new delivery mechanisms, and different […]